An Illiterate Empire

Here’s an interesting take on today’s American society from a Pulitzer Prize winning author. I won’t bother to say that the first person to say “Voltaire who?” loses since anyone who doesn’t know likely won’t make it that far in this article.

Forget Red vs. Blue — It’s the Educated vs. People Easily Fooled by Propaganda

P.S. If the title of the article cited here pissed you off, guess which category you’re in.

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6 Responses to An Illiterate Empire

  1. jonolan says:

    HTML Illiterate Post perhaps? šŸ˜†

    Your link is non-existent. It has no href in the link statement.

    Mozilla what?

  2. jonolan,

    Yup. Sorry for the bad link. It’s fixed now. It serves me right for not checking.

  3. jonolan says:

    Hey – it gave me a chance to be snarky. I’m happy. šŸ˜‰

  4. Cool. I’ll be curious what you think of the article. Snark is always welcome here. My skin is fairly thick. Snark keeps things interesting. It also does a better job of, in this case, reminding me to check my links before I publish.

  5. jonolan says:

    I have mixed feelings over the article. While it’s true that there is a divide between those who can and will think and those that – through lack of abilities or lack of training – can’t or won’t do so, there are premises in the article that are based on quite biased postulate.

    Some points / opinions:
    The printed word is just that, printed word. It has no great intrinsic benefit of visual and audio media for education.

    Intelligence, Wisdom, “Common Sense,” and Education are definitely related but they’re not interchangeable.

    Frankly, despite the valid points in the article, it came across to me as just another bigoted screed by a coastal elite against the heartland. That’s a shame since the basic gist of the article is true and significant, but it lost for many under the elitism of the writer.

  6. jonolan,

    Strange view you have.

    1) I’ve never heard of this coastal elite you describe. We’ve got idiots here in NYC too.

    2) While the printed word is just that. It is also true that you will never get an in depth analysis of anything from a 20 second Faux News segment.

    Print, in which I would include many good websites like Salon.com, Mother Jones, etc., tends to be a much longer analysis of any given subject.

    This is not elitism. It is simple fact. How could it be otherwise?

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